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Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Majlis Course, Emirates Golf Club)

Dubai Desert Classic

Since its inauguration in 1989, The Dubai Desert Classic has become one of the flagship events on the European Tour.

Contested over the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, the event attracts the crème de la crème of the European Tour and boasts an illustrious list of past champions including Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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Omega Dubai Dessert Classic Experience

Event Tickets (Sat/Sun)
Dubai

Flights, 5 Nights, 2 Rounds

Omega Dubai Dessert Classic Experience

  • Flights, 5 Nights, 2 Round
  • Bed and Breakfast at JA Oceanview Suites
  • Golf at Majilis and Jumeirah Earth

About the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

The Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, the 1st 18 hole grass course in the Middle East, ws opened for play in 1988 and within a year, it was welcoming the game's biggest stars to its fairways for what was then known as the Karl Litten Desert Classic. This was the 1st time the European Tour had visited the Middle East and t has not looked back since with events now held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar on an annual basis. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic as it's now known though, was where it all started.

As one of the European Tour's richest and most high profile events, attendees can expect to get up close and personal with some of the game's biggest stars at the Dubai Desert Classic who will be battling it out for a share of the $2.65 million purse. You just have to look at the list of previous winners to understand how important this event has become with the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson Miguel Angel Jimenez and most recently Rory McIlroy, all having won here in years gone past.

Spectators attending The Dubai Desert Classic will be pleased to hear the event is commonly one of the most entertaining and closely fought tournaments on the European Tour calendar, with the biggest ever winning margin being just 4 strokes, and a solitary shot (or a playoff) being enough to claim victory on no less than 15 occasions.

Since its opening year in 1989, the tournament has produced 21 different champions (only Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Stephen Gallacher & Rory McIlroy are repeat winners) from 12 different countries. The 2015 Dubai Desert classic, won by then world number one Rory McIlroy, featured a field comprised of no less than 9 Major Champions and 83 European Tour winners who between them, boasted an astonishing 358 professional titles. With such a stellar field, it comes as no surprise that the attendance to the event swells even larger year after year, with just shy of 40,000 spectators lining the fairways in 2015, producing an exciting tournament atmosphere.



2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Dates

Offical Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1595

Offical Practice Day - exact tee-times of those playing are released on the day
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1595

Pro-Am - tee times are released the week of the event
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1595

Round 1 - tee times are released the week of the event
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1649

Round 2 - tee times are released the week of the event
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1649

Round 3 - tee times are released the week of the event
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1595

Round 4 - tee times are released the week of the event
Gates Open:
TBA
Gates Close (approximately):
TBA
£1595

Tournament History

Year Champion Country Winning Score
2015 Rory Mcillroy Northern Ireland -22
2014 Stephen Gallacher Scotland -16
2013 Rafael Cabrera-Bello Scotland -22
2012 Rafael Cabrera-Bello Spain -18
2011 Álvaro Quirós Spain -11
2010 Miguel Ángel Jiménez Spain -11
2009 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland -19
2008 Tiger Woods United States -14
2007 Henrik Stenson Sweden -19
2006 Tiger Woods United States -19
2005 Ernie Els South Africa -19
2004 Mark O'Meara United States -17
2003 Robert-Jan Derksen Netherlands -17
2002 Ernie Els South Africa -16
2001 Thomas Bjørn Denmark -22
2000 José Cóceres Argentina -14

19th Hole Blogs

Rory Mcilroy victorious at Dubai Desert Classic

Rory Mcilroy Dubai Desert Classic

Six years ago Rory McIlroy won his first professional title at the Dubai Desert Classic and yesterday he produced what he admitted was a solid rather than spectacular round to reclaim the trophy. The Northern Irishman won by three...

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Join the world's best golfers at Dubai Desert Classic

Join world's best at Dubai Desert Classic

Ever wondered what it would be like to mix with the pros as they prepare for a tournament? Not only that, one where there's a $2.65 million purse on offer? And the added bonus of getting a tan in January? Now's your chance to mix...

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The History of Golf in the Middle East

History of Golf in the Middle East

Since its introduction in 1988, golf in the Middle East has gone from strength to strength. After first emerging in Dubai, we have now seen the rise of one of the world's most popular golf in the sun destinations. Turkey, notable for its All Inclusive holidays...

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Golf in Dubai – Sun, Sand and a whole lot of Water!

Golf in Dubai

With Abu Dhabi gaining so many column inches of late for their sporting endeavours, be it ownership of Manchester City, hosting a Grand Prix or the superb Yas Island Links course, it is easy to forget about the fantastic holiday and golfing options...

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About the Emirates Majlis Course

The Emirates Golf Club boasts two championship courses but it is the Majlis that, as well as playing host to The Dubai Desert Classic, has been dubbed "The Desert Miracle", and attracts countless golfers to Dubai each and every year.

Needless to say, plenty of construction went into carving this magnificent course out of the barren desert landscape from which Dubai has emerged. Stretching to a total yardage of 7,301 yards from the championship tees, the Majlis is a demanding course, the hallmarks of which include include numerous salt and freshwater lakes that come into play on several holes, as well as large, fast putting surfaces of the very highest quality. As well as the giant waste bunkers and water hazards, the super-slick greens are one of the course's main defences.

Seemingly though, that is still not enough to stop the world's best players in their tracks, with an average winning score of -16 since the event's inception in 1989 proving just how good these guys are. Expect to see plenty of birdies and eagles during your time in Dubai!

The Stats

Yardage: 7,301
Par: 72
Designer: Karl Litten
Course Opened: The Majlis course first opened in 1988 and has been the home of Dubai Desert Classic since 1989.
Course Record: Ernie Els shot a 61 on the 27th January 1994
Awards: Top 100 Golf World Ranking in 2010, 2011, 2012, The Best Course in Middle East, Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010.

The Dubai Climate

Dubai is the perfect place for a sunshine break with a hot desert climate where temperatures can reach up to 30°C. In February, the average temperature is 20°C with sunshine duration of 8 hours day; definitely warm enough getting the shorts out on the fairways. There is only a 16% chance of precipitation over the course of the month, and the most likely chance of rain is around the end of the month. Luckily the tournament will be finished way before the end of the month.

Getting There

The Emirates Golf Club is located only 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Dubai is one of the most accessible airports in the world with a host of direct flight options available. In The UK, there are direct flights to Dubai from major UK cities from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow (Approx 7hrs). When travelling abroad to play golf, there is often the added cost of golf club carriage. Not to worry, travelling to Dubai with Virgin Atlantic offers passengers the fantastic perk of complimentary golf club allowance in addition to the free baggage allowance. While, Emirates Airlines offer passengers a 30 kg allowance which can include a set of golf clubs.

Golf in Dubai

The quality of golf in Dubai is extraordinary; we've hand-picked a few of our favourites here...

The Els Club

The Els Club

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designed By: Ernie Els
Year of Opening: 2008

TEES
Blue: 7,538 yards / SSS 75
Black: 6,829 yards / SSS 73
Grey: 6,242 yards / SSS 72
Red: 5,343 yards / SSS 73


The Els Club not only has one of the most spectacular clubhouses you'll visit, but a course that's a real treat from start to finish.

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Arabian Ranches

Arabian Ranches

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designed By: Ian Baker-Finch
Year of Opening: 2004

TEES
Black: 7,691 yards / SSS 75
Gold: 7,092 yards / SSS 74
Blue: 6,531 yards / SSS 73
White: 5,853 yards / SSS 72
Red: 5,226 yards / SSS 74

Opened in 2004, Arabian Ranches is the product of a collaboration between Ian Baker-Finch and the Nicklaus Design company.

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Earth Course, Jumeirah

Earth Course, Jumeirah

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designed By: Greg Norman
Year of Opening: 2009

TEES
Champs: 7,706 yards / SSS 77
Tournmnt: 7,045 yards / SSS 74
Signature: 6,473 yards / SSS 71
Forward: 5,435 yards / SSS 71


One of the ultimate tournament course in the UAE, Greg Norman's Earth Course stages the season-ending DP World Championships.

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Al Badia Golf Club

Al Badia Golf Club

Distance from Tournament:
30 min drive

STATS
Par: 72
Designer: Robert Trent Jones II
Year of Opening: 2005

TEES
Black: 7,303 yards / SSS 74
Blue: 6,726 yards / SSS 72
Red: 6,200 yards / SSS 70
White: 5,398 yards / SSS 71


Running alongside the Dubai Creek, Al Badia is among the best established and most enjoyable of the local courses.

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Where to Stay for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic


JA Oceanview Suites (15 Minutes from Emirates GC, 40 minutes from Dubai International Airport)
Situated in the very popular Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) area, this 4 star hotel sits right by the beach and as the name suggests, every room has an Ocean view! It is only a short taxi ride from the Emirates Golf club and to get straight to the event.

Heading out
Only a 2 minute walk and you are in the heart of the JBR and many restaurants to choose from, or start you evening in the very popular Girders bar on site and make the most of Happy Hour.

Novotel Al Barsha (15 minutes from Emirates GC, 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport )
Centrally located for all your needs, the Novotel gives you quick access to Sheikh Zayed Road leading to many golf courses, Jumeirah Beach and downtown. With 3 restaurants and 2 bars on site and a heated outdoor pool, the Novotel is excellent value for a stay during the Dubai Desert Classic.

Heading out
During the day you can walk to the Mall of the Emirates, the largest of its kind with even the opportunity to go skiing. Of an evening the hotel as the chic and sophisticated Bubbles Bar that is very popular to those in the know. Alternatively its only a 15 minute taxi one way to the Jumeirah Beach Residences or 15 minutes the other way to the city centre.

Address Montgomerie Dubai (8 minutes from Emirates GC, 35 Minutes from Dubai International Airport)
More of a boutique style property, the Address Montgomerie has spacious rooms with a modern and luxurious feel. Access to the renowned golf course on site is another plus point to your stay and only minutes from the Emirates Golf club.

Heading out
Only a short 5 minute taxi ride and you are in Dubai Marina with some excellent restaurants and hotel bars to choose from, or take an evening dining cruise to really try something different with the evening sunset and then bright lights of this vibrant area.

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (30 minutes from Emirates GC, 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport)
Very close to the airport, this 5 star resort maybe a little further from Emirates Golf club, but you can satisfy your playing needs with the fantastic Al Badia course on site. Wonderful rooms and facilities it is one on the best properties that's close to downtown.

Heading out
With all the delights of Festival City on your doorstep, you have countless shops and restaurants to choose from, but do not miss the opportunity to eat and drink in the hotels Belgium Beer Cafe, where people come from all over to enjoy an afternoon brunch or evening fun.